August 17, 2017

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2017 Irma Simonton Black and Cook Prize Winners Announced

Both winners were determined by first and second grade classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

It’s Awards Season at Bank Street College

Winners of the 2017 Flora Stieglitz Straus, Claudia Lewis, and Josette Frank Awards were honored on Thursday, April 6.

From Refugees to Voting Rights, Books to Inspire a Just, Inclusive Society

Dozens of titles that help promote a deeper understanding and acceptance of our human differences, selected and recommended by the Bank Street College of Education.

Jon Agee and Mara Rockliff Win Prestigious Bank Street Awards

Bank Street College of Education recently announced the winners of its Irma Simonton Black Award and Cook Prize. Jon Agee’s It’s Only Stanley was given the 2016 Irma Black Award, and Mara Rockliff’s Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France received the 2016 Cook Prize.

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood | SLJ Review

Hood, Susan. Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. illus. by Sally Wern Comport. 40p. photos. websites. S. & S. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481430951. 

Gr 2-5 –Hood tells the story of a real child growing up in an actual place—Cateura—a community of people who live and feed themselves by picking through the tons of trash generated by the capital city of Asunción, Paraguay, and salvaging items to recycle and sell. Despite […]

Bank Street Announces the 2015 Irma Black Award, Cook Prize Finalists

New York’s Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature has announced the four finalists for its 2015 Irma Black Award for the best read-aloud picture book for first and second grade and the four finalists for its 2015 Cook Prize for the best picture book that teaches science, technology, engineering, and math principles.

Why the Great Green Room is Green, Facing Censorship, and More from BookFest @ Bank Street

During the event at Manhattan’s Bank Street College of Education, Leonard S. Marcus, Brian Pinkney, Jason Chin, Coe Booth, Tim Federle, Matt de la Peña, and others talked about why they do what they do.

Pictures of the Week: Scieszka and Barnett Keynote Bank Street Book Awards Ceremony

Former National Ambassador of Children’s Literature Jon Sciezka (l.) and award-winning writer Mac Barnett (r.), coauthors of the recent Battle Bunny, were the keynoters at the Bank Street College of Education’s annual book awards ceremony.

School Librarian Talks to Students About ‘Whitewashing’ Children’s Book Covers

Bank Street School librarian Allie Bruce found herself facing a complicated question from a sixth grader about the lack of minorities on YA book covers, starting with Julia Alvarez’s Return to Sender. The question led Bruce on a year-long lesson on diversity in children’s literature with a sixth grade class and—some surprising results.

Bank Street Writers Lab Hosts Early Literature Conference

Lovers of children’s picture books and early literacy advocates gathered earlier this month at Bank Street College for “Literature for Early Childhood: What Do You Need to Know?” an inaugural mini conference sponsored by the Bank Street Writers Lab. The event brought together child development experts, educators, and creators of children’s literature.

Michelle Knudsen, Andrea Menotti Score Bank Street CCL’s Top Book Prizes

New York’s Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature has named Michelle Knudsen’s Big Mean Mike the winner of its Irma Black Award for the best read-aloud picture book for first and second grade and Andrea Menotti’s How Many Jelly Beans? the winner of its Cook Prize for the best picture book that teaches science, technology, engineering, and math principles.

Pictures of the Week: The Bank Street Children’s Committee Awards; Librarians at the Broadway Musical ‘Matilda’

R.J. Palacio and Marilyn Singer at the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee Awards; librarians attending the Broadway musical Matilda.

Bank Street CCL Announces Irma Black Award, Cook Prize Finalists

New York’s Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature (CCL) has announced the finalists for its Irma Black Award for the best read-aloud picture book for first and second grade, and the finalists for its Cook Prize for the best picture book that teaches science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles. Both winners will be determined by students from around the world.